Holding Politicians Accountable

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National Journal: 

"It’s going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers’ annual financial-disclosure forms.

"The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent."

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opensecretsdc:

Spotlight on the Site: Who’s Cashing In On Campaigns (Anomaly Tracker No. 5)
We’ve just launched our fifth anomaly tracker! See how you can use our website to spot political committees that are spending more than half of their cash with a single vendor - and who those recipients are.
READ MORE.
Image: The Homestead Resort, where Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Va.) leadership PAC has dropped a lot of cash. (Source: thehomestead.com)

Cool new tool from our friends at the Center for Responsive Politics. 

opensecretsdc:

Spotlight on the Site: Who’s Cashing In On Campaigns (Anomaly Tracker No. 5)

We’ve just launched our fifth anomaly tracker! See how you can use our website to spot political committees that are spending more than half of their cash with a single vendor - and who those recipients are.

READ MORE.

Image: The Homestead Resort, where Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Va.) leadership PAC has dropped a lot of cash. (Source: thehomestead.com)

Cool new tool from our friends at the Center for Responsive Politics. 

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Politico Magazine: The Art of the Fat Cat

Fun photo essay on money in politics editorial cartoons through history, including this from the 1870s: 

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This segment from John Oliver on Dr. Oz and the dietary supplement industry is hilarious. One of our favorite lines, on how the industry fights regulations: “Because companies have access to the one genuinely, truly effective wonder drug. It’s called lobbying, and here’s how the science works.”

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Schlepping from here to New York to L.A. to Chicago to New Orleans to Miami to, my God, I don’t know where. Ten thousand here, 20,000 there, 15,000 there. Boy. I don’t miss that.
Retiring U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), explaining that the constant chase for campaign cash is one reason Congress is so dysfunctional. (Los Angeles Times)

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